Frank T. Slawson, The Chicago Times
September 19, 2021
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Penn State Football defeated Auburn 28-20 to earn its second victory over a ranked opponent in three games. Sean Clifford, the senior quarterback, threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns while carrying the majority of the offensive load as the Nittany Lions struggled to establish a running game. Penn State’s victory over Auburn was its first against the SEC since defeating LSU in the Citrus Bowl at the end of the 2009 season. Its last regular-season loss to an SEC team came in 1990, at the hands of Alabama.
It happened during the annual White Out game. Clifford, who was benched during the team’s five-game losing streak at the start of last season, was flawless throughout, including completions on his first 12 second-half passes while leading two touchdown drives. He outperformed counterpart Bo Nix, who was 21-of-37 for 171 yards, as Auburn fell for the first time in Bryan Harsin’s first season after easy wins over Akron and Alabama State, in which the Tigers scored 60 points in both games.